Proud day for family

PUBLISHED: 12:32 23 June 2006 | UPDATED: 21:57 28 May 2010

MEMORIES of the heroism of a March railwayman will come flooding back for his family on Monday when they attend a service in Westminster Abbey. Driver Benjamin Gimbert and two other railwaymen saved Soham from devastation in 1944 when they uncoupled a bla

MEMORIES of the heroism of a March railwayman will come flooding back for his family on Monday when they attend a service in Westminster Abbey.

Driver Benjamin Gimbert and two other railwaymen saved Soham from devastation in 1944 when they uncoupled a blazing wagon from another 50 loaded with ammunition. The wagon then blew up, killing the other two railwaymen.

Mr Gimbert and his fireman Jim Nightall were both awarded the George Cross for outstanding gallantry. Mr Gimbert died in 1976 and his medals are in March Museum.

On Monday, his daughter Joyce Dedman of Whittlesey and other family members will attend the service marking the 150th anniversary of the Institution of the Victoria Cross and the 50th anniversary of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association. Mrs Dedman's son John, who lives in East Sussex, will take part in a procession in the Abbey representing railwaymen.

Mrs Dedman said: "I think dad's story is rather special and we are very proud to be going, although a bit emotional about it all.


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